A Raja of Tamkuhi hosts his friends, & family over a feast. A special menu is prepared and one particular dish requires fresh fish. When approaching the fishmonger, the servant finds out that there is only one fish but there are two of them interested to buy it. So they start bidding and the bid crosses the total amount of money the fishmonger earnt for almost a decade.
Read Vaidurya Pratap Sahi’s “An Auctioned Fish” to know as to how much money the fishmonger made and who won the bid.
Sex: A newly married couple discuss the possible gender of their child to realize that they have different choices. While agreeing that a healthy child is a common request, they are also surprised to realize they disagree on the name considering their differences in opinion on characters from epics.
He looked at her for a moment as she took a deep breath. A moment later, he leaned forward and kissed her. As she kissed him back, tears rolled down her eyes as she closed them. The nineteen-year-old Radha, he married a day ago, caressed his black curly hair after they kissed.
Looking into her eyes, Bhaskar could see her willingness before he felt her again. For a while, the couple moaned in pleasure before he passed the life gifted to him.
As he did, he truly felt the transcendence of power within and it was like never before and as she received it, she ushered in joyful pain looking at the man whom she chose to lead her life with.
Taking a deep breath, Bhaskar rested on his wife’s bosom feeling her heart pace. He felt the wait was worth every minute and life has never been more complete.
Feeling his warmth, Radha asked, “What would you wish the Gods for? A boy or a girl?”
Placing his chin between her life preservers, Bhaskar replied, “I would like to welcome Saraswati. What about you?”
With a smile, Radha replied, “I wish for a girl too. It would be like my elder sister being reborn.”
Recalling how the lack of medical facilities led to her ten-year-old sister dying of sickness, Radha curiously asked, “What if the Gods give you a son?”
Thinking about it for a moment, Bhaskar teased, “Looks like madam would, after all, prefer a son.”
Glancing at her husband, Radha laughed before confessing, “It was my father’s wish. He wanted a grandson named Arjun. Though I would love a daughter, I would prefer a boy equally, too.”
Leaning forward, Bhaskar stated, “Arjun? Rather than name our son of an overrated protagonist, I would name him a fallen antagonist.”
Finishing his sentence, Bhaskar kissed his wife on her neck. When they looked into each other’s eyes, Radha replied, “My husband should certainly read Mahabharat once again. Maybe then, he wouldn’t root for the fallen and realize the reason behind such a fate.”
Listening to her, Bhaskar just smiled. He knew she wasn’t completely wrong.
A moment later, he mentioned, “Honestly Radha, it doesn’t matter who it is. I just hope they are born healthy and continue our bloodline with at least the respect we hold now.”
Radha couldn’t be more glad. Her husband’s words gave her more pleasure than their actions.
Meanwhile, Bhaskar lay on her bosom and closed his eyes before falling asleep. Caressing his hair, Radha closed her eyes too.
For a while, she could see a man in his thirties standing behind them while three young children were playing before them on the floor while she sat beside her husband posing for a picture.
She lived the moment for a few seconds before losing it.
This week, it was my place and the climate was pleasant and both the kids left to play along with him to the indoor stadium.
One of the perks of being married to a businessman is that we could own a villa by the time we were forty years without the bank slips chasing us in our dreams.
After we settled in the chairs placed in our garden after the maid placed biscuits, a kettle of tea and cups, I couldn’t help but notice that Meera has lost a lot of weight.
She is no longer chubby and I couldn’t help but suspect that it was out of pressure. After all, she was running a failing art house.
- Bhadra - Hero
- Rohan - Younger brother of Bhadra
- Madhuri - Younger sister of Rohan and Bhadra
- Maina - Bhadra’s Lover
- Sona - Younger sister of Maina
- Keshav - Hero
- Pallav - Younger brother of Keshav
- Neelkanth - Manager of Mind’s Quill office.
- Nivedita - Keshav’s Lover
- Pratyusha - Nivedita’s friend
- Padma - Pratyusha’s aunt
- Mahesh - Madhuri’s lover
- Chandini - Maina’s friend
- Mukund - Pratyusha’s Lover
Men are the brightest of all creations but their resolute is weak without a purpose and so the choices were given by the Mother.
While men who chose being virtuous, held their icon as Olrin, the symbol of knowledge and the master who defeated the Great Dream led their lives helping each other and wished for nothing more than peace and bliss. While the men who chose the dark powers held their icon as Archen and their driving desire was unyielding power and eternal life.
Since ages, both these choices were balanced but as years passed by, most humans supported Olrin. The world for the first time witnessed an imbalance and most men believed that a war was near and that it would certainly not lead to a happy ever after.
All of us are destined to have a shoulder to lean on and when the proper occasion comes even the person who spent decades in loneliness would have someone caring for him within days. As fate and time are so alike that both of them are random and relentless, while the first one changes the individual, the second one changes the spirit.
But in my case what transformed me was my sweetheart. Life was so tedious until I met him as an intern. Not that he changed everything but he made me recognize things from a different perception like never before. He motivated me by giving me a target and provoked my determination to such a degree that I reached the pinnacle.
Do you want to know how he inspired me? Well, the answer is just by working in Ratan Industries. To tell you the tale completely, I must tell you a long story but before we get started, I want you to know that today is the most awaited day of my life. It is my first day at Ratan Industries not as an intern any longer but as an employee working in the Heat Exchange Department as an assistant engineer.
I am not just cheerful because my name will be printed in his place or I am not just pleased because I would be sharing a cabin with him. I am happy because I am finally getting to meet my Prince Charming after years.
“I love you!”
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